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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

So why do mosquito bites itch? It's an allergic reaction caused by the mosquitoes' saliva.

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Ducks Know What They're Doing; Leave Their Nests Alone

That duck nest you think is in a bad spot probably isn't. The duck knew what she was doing when she built it, and moving it will cause more harm than good.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Learn To Fly?

Birds don't hatch knowing how to fly. Much like babies learning to walk, learning to fly is a process for baby birds, one that often involves a lot of trial and error.

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Quiz: Are You Savvy About Snapping Turtles?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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The Stinky Scourge of Suburbia: Bradford Pear Trees

That fetid smell in the air may be coming from your own yard. Bradford pear trees are in full bloom now, revealing beautiful white blooms but also emitting a stench that's similar to that of rotting fish. 

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In Honor of Arbor Day, 5 Mind-Blowing Facts About Trees

In honor of Arbor Day, here's a look at some of the many reasons we should appreciate trees.

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Midewin Announces Birth of Bison Calf

The bison herd in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Squirrels Throw Up?

Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Killdeer

One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats. 

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5 Reasons to Head Outside for a Walk Today

Walking outside is good for you, and here are five reasons why.

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Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in Will County

It's an exciting time of year as we look forward to the many signs of spring.

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How To Keep The Mosquitoes At Bay This Season

From herb gardens to bug repellents to Skrillex music, here's a primer to keep mosquitoes at bay.

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Roly-Poly Bugs: Appreciated But Misunderstood

Roly-polies are a rare bug that draws appreciation rather than ire, but most of us don't know much about these creatures beyond that they can roll themselves up into a ball as a defense mechanism.

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Creature Feature: The Powerful Snapping Turtle

The snapping turtle isn't hunted by many animals, but it does face many risks in the wild, including being hit by cars and having their nests hunted.

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The Recipe For Success With Hummingbird Feeders: Sugar and Water

Seeing hummingbirds in the wild is a true delight, and you can attract these tiny birds to your own yard by stocking hummingbirds with food made simply by mixing sugar and boiling water. 

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Current Headlines

Order a 2020 Canine Calendar Today to Benefit Homeless Pets in Will County


Calendars filled with photogenic pups who frequent the Forest Preserve's dog parks will be delivered in time for the holidays, and each calendar sold will generate $10 for the Will County Humane Society.

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Plum Creek Greenway Trail Addition Opens in Crete Township


The 1-mile trail section extends south from Plum Valley Preserve – Burville Road Access, which includes a dog park and a picnic pavilion. 

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